Stable "Mate" Equestrian Program
Earn “Horse Bucks” we offer work opportunities at the stable that allow Riders to put towards horse events at the stables. As much as we appreciate all of our helpers, our main mission is SAFETY! Helping at the barn is a wonderful opportunity to learn — and it’s a huge help to us. But we can NEVER, EVER forget that safety comes first.
How does a “Stable”Mate become a Mate?
• You have to be 14 years old and Adults.
• Must have a current signed waiver release on record, this includes emergency information.
• You have to complete a minimum of 40 hours of training within 3 months.
• "Mate" in training do not receive "Horse Bucks.”
• If a worker has a great deal of previous horse experience, and they can pass the job requirements test, and they volunteer work two shifts at the stables, and they are at least 14 years older.
Why work at the Stables?
Responsibility: Working at the stables teaches our riders to be punctual, complete tasks, be a part of a team, follow a schedule, and make sure horses are taken care of properly.
Education: Working at the stables teaches the riders about the hard work and dedication needed in the daily care of a horse. It teaches safe and correct methods of handling horses, grooming, farrier and vet care, feeding and watering and the basic care of such a large and fragile animal.
• Preparing and caring for lesson horses and completing chores.
• 14 years old - Adult who comes out to the stable and prepares and cares for our lesson horses as well as completes barn chores related to the shift that they are working.
• Shift supervisor will assign chores on the shift checklist to “Stable” Mate. All workers must report to the supervisor when all the chores are finished.
• Physical Requirements: Should be able to meet the following requirements:
◦ Able to stand for over an hour at time
◦ Able to bend, twist, stretch and lift in order to clean stalls, horse's hooves, apply leg wraps, etc.
◦ Able to push a fully loaded wheelbarrow for distances
◦ Able to carry and hang a full five gallon water bucket
◦ Able to vigorously groom a horse for periods of time longer than 15 minutes
◦ Able to lift and carry and raise above a horse's back to 50 pounds
◦ Able to monitor (watch, listen, and observe) horses and other riders for safety and training issues.
1. This often the first real job your child may have. This is a job, it is not play. Also when the workers are here, they are treated as employees not clients. So if your child owns horses or they don’t own a horse, they will be expected to work hards. All of our workers are treated with respect. We understand that our workers are just children, but we do have expectations.
2. We expect promptness (both showing up at work on time, and move quickly if asked to perform a task), politeness (both to their supervisors, other workers, and to the lesson riders and their families) and diligence “the employee must work until the job they are doing is completed, also not to wander off when the work starts”.
3. As a lesson helper, your child will need your support. They will need you to get them to work and have them picked up promptly. There is often a mad rush to get from school to their job, it is important that they eat a snack or bring a snack with them. Eating does not count as working. Kids often don’t realize how cold it is outside maybe parents don’t realize either, but it important to dress warmer than you think or dress correctly for the pouring rain.
4. If any issues arise from your child’s job at the stables contact Neva immediately.
1. No socializing while at work. It is difficult to work while your friends are riding or hanging out at the stables. You are working and are expected to stay focused on your chores.
2. While working there is to be no horseplay, no riding and no riding horses out to the field. NO horses are to be ridden into the barn from their pasture.
1. NEVER run or yell.
3. There is no hitting or punishing of horses. Horse correction is not your job. If you are having a problem with a horse, bring it to the attention of one of the riding instructors. Horses do get tired and cranky just like kids.
4. Safety must always be the highest priority with any of our “Stable” Mate. Remember horses are very large and strong, so “Stable” Mate should always be on the alert for a dangerous situation.
5. “Stables” Mate should treat all riders, parents, others and staff with respect.
6. Gossip will not be tolerated. (Talk about the personal or private affairs of others typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.) Remember: Once spoken, works have wings. You can think anything that you want to, but don’t let the words leave your lips.
7. “Stable” Mates should be positive and upbeat when working with riders. Be PATIENT! , Etc.
8. “Stable” Mate should be available to help riders before and after lessons. Your role is to teach riders how to independently get their horses ready and care for them after the lesson. For the younger riders, you should always assist in the preparation for the lesson and after the lesson. Always be available to help any rider.
9. "Stable" Mate should exhibit appropriate behavior at the barn as well as outside of the barn including no inappropriate posts on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Text Messaging, Etc., no underage smoking of cigarettes or drinking alcohol, and no use of illegal drugs including marijuana.
1. Smoking and open flames are prohibited anywhere on the farm.
10. No profanity!
11. Dress appropriately: Long pants, boots and Stables Logo vest.
1. Wear a properly fitting certified horseback riding helmet, long pants, and shoes with a hard sole and a 1 inch heel. No sneakers or hiking boots
2. Wear shoes that protect your feet. No open toe or open heel shoes.
3. Avoid carrying loose items that may fall or blow away or flap in the wind or bounce or make sharp or loud noises.
12. Respect and properly care for all horses.
13. Give at least a 24 hour notice when you will not be here.
14. Be on time and be prepared to stay until the checklist is completed. How well you manage your time determines what time you can leave.
15. Leave your phones at the front desk.
16. Remember-You are role models. Choose your friends carefully. Often you are judged by the company that you keep. You must protect your reputation. When members of the Stables mention your name, it should be followed by positive comments. Who you really are is what you do when nobody wis watching.
How do I get a Shift?
Earn "Horse Bucks" 40 hours within 3 months
Days to Earn "Horse Bucks"
Tuesdays Wednesday Saturdays Check the Calendar / Event
3:30pm-6:30pm 4pm-6:30pm 10am-3pm
How to earn "Training Hours"
Attend Three Youth club meetings
Attend A DAY of Camp from 9am-3pm for $100
Help with Two Horse & Pony Experience; check the Event Calendar on the Website
Help with Four Lunge Line Lessons with 4 different riders
Help with Three Parties or Scouts
Help with Group Lessons
Attend Two Sunday Day with Neva; check the Event Calendar on the Website
Help Promote an Equestrian Club at your school / Friends
• Word of mouth
• Hang up flyers around place you like to hang out on bulletin boards -- we have the flyers
• We need to educate people on how great "Horses raise great Kids"
• Announcements at school
1. For each hour that is worked, a rider/worker, can earn $8.— For an hour. When the barn has been properly shut down and the "Stable" Mate checklist has been completed. The actual time that “Stable” Mate can walk out the door depends on how well they have managed their time during their time.
2. “Horse Bucks” can be applied towards riding lessons, Events at the stables. Neva has the say “last” in what Horse Bucks can be credited towards so always speak with her before using your “Horse Bucks”
3. Each “Stable” Mate must sign in a the beginning of a shift and sign out when leaving. A record of each rider’s Horse Bucks is kept on filed. Neva will update your account bi-weekly and share the document to current email address.
Job Requirements Test:
• Can catch (showing correct safety methods) a loose horse in a paddock and can also catch a loose horse in a stall.
◦ All gates must be closed and latched after leaving the pasture.
◦ NEVER enter the pasture while the horses are being fed.
• Correctly lead a horse with a lead shank and halter, show correct method of putting a chain over the horse's nose.
• Knows how to correctly us the grooming tools, and can also correctly clean out a horse's hoof.
◦ Must be curried and brushed.
◦ No mud on legs or body.
◦ No tangles in mane or tail.
◦ No sticks in their mane or tail.
◦ Pick all 4 Hooves
• Can properly tack up a horses.
◦ Report any issues with tack conditions to an instructor.
◦ Horses should be completely ready for their lesson no later then 15 minutes before the scheduled start of lesson. Be sure to change saddles when necessary.
◦ If a horse has a large break in between their lessons, they should be untacked to rest.
◦ Between lessons, regardless of length of break, undo their cavessons and loosen their girths.
• Care for lesson horses when finished for the day.
◦ Can properly cool out a hot horse, in both the summer and winter months.
◦ Horses need to be groomed properly before being turned loose.
◦ No sweat marks on body or head.
◦ During cold months, they must be dry and cooled out.
• Must be strong enough to lift 4 saddles to the end of the barn isle
• May lead a horse during a lesson to assist an instructor.
• Clean Tack
◦ Wipe off the saddles and bridles with a towel so sweat and slobber do not ruin the leather.
◦ Martingales on bridles are to be untied when put back in the tack room.
◦ German martingales are to be unhooked when the horse is not in a lesson.
◦ Saddles and bridles should not be on the floor of the tack room.
◦ It is much more efficient to get the horses ready if the tack room is clean and organized. As the day goes on, neatly place equipment in its proper place and straighten up the room if you see that anything is out of place.
◦ Sweaty saddle pads are to be placed wet-side up on the metal saddle racks to air out.
• Clean/Pick Stalls
◦ As soon as a horse poops or pees, clean up the mess.
◦ Muck out stalls throughout the shift.
◦ Scoop manure at every opportunity throughout the day.
◦ At the end of the lesson day, all manure must be cleaned out of all of the stalls, all equipment put away in its proper place, water buckets are to be dumped out, and tack room is to be straightened up.
• Feed horses
◦ Handle, feed (including treats), or pet horses
◦ Check the water and see if there is water.
• Barn Maintenance
• Clean up stables and outside areas.
◦ Return all barn items to proper place before leaving.
• Sweep up tack-rooms, etc.
◦ BEFORE LEAVING THE STABLES:
◦ Sweep the Tack Rooms.
◦ Sweep the Lobby.
◦ Sweep the kitchen.
◦ Sweep the Office.
◦ Wipe down sinks in bathroom.
◦ Check toilet paper and paper towels and restock if needed.
◦ Pick up all trash — Empty ALL trash cans (Bathroom, lobby, kitchen, office)
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